"Very proud of it." That's how Mayor Ray Alexander sums up Moulton's downtown as it is now. So, you can imagine his excitement at a major makeover for the heart of Moulton.
"I got the authorization letter today from the state to start," Mayor Alexander says. "So, we're ready to start."
The $1.2 million project will put a new edge on the courthouse square. "It's going to really change the looks of the square," Alexander explained.
Grant money for the revitalization project dates all the way back to 2007.
So, what's the plan? A way to pump new blood into downtown.
"We're like every other small town that has a main 4-lane highway outside the downtown area," the mayor told us. "A lot of businesses have moved out to the traffic area. and our goal is to try to enhance downtown to where we'll have more business opportunity."
No more unsightly wires and cables downtown. Utilities will run underground.
New traffic signals hanging on ornamental arms will keep traffic flowing around the square.
New "vintage" street lamps will shine a new light on the square.
Crews will put in new crosswalks -- many of them paved with brick.
And expect new life for landscapes.
Some storefront awnings will have to come down during construction. But, it's all to get business spinning again.
"It's taken this long for it to become a reality. And hopefully we're going to start on this within 2 weeks."